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Next Democratic Senate leader to get booted: Harry Reid?

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Senate majority leader Harry Reid faces an uphill battle to keep his seat in the 2010 election, putting him at risk of becoming the second consecutive leader of Senate Democrats to get turned out of office by home-state voters.

“Former boxer Senator Harry Reid is on the ropes early,” the Las Vegas Review Journal said Sunday, reporting that a Mason-Dixon Polling & Research poll showing either of two likely Republican opponents “would knock out Reid in a general election.”

Reid on the ropes

Reid trails Danny Tarkanian, a real estate professional and former University of Nevada-Las Vegas basketball star, 38 percent to 49 percent. The Senate majority leader trails state GOP Chairman Sue Lowden 40 percent to 45 percent. The poll was conducted Aug. 17 and 18 and has a margin of error of 5 percentage points.

When asked at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters in March about the challenge of running the Senate and running for re-election himself in 2010, Reid said, “I am not going to change anything. I have always been who I am. People in Nevada know that. Some people like who I am. Others don’t. I have watched other senators try to change who they are during an election cycle. I think it is real ugly and I am not going to do that.” Reid said he had raised $2 million for his re-election in the most recent reporting period. “I feel comfortable that I will be competitive,” he said.

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